Modi's Unexpected Boost to India-U.S. Relations

Harsh V. Pant
Content Type
Journal Article
The Washington Quarterly
Issue Number
Publication Date
Fall 2014
Center for Strategic and International Studies
A new government took office in India in May 2014 under the prime ministership of Narendra Modi. One of the first decisions it took was to invite the member states of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for the swearing - in ceremony. The decision was a surprise but widely viewed as a great move, underscoring the resolve of the new government to embed India firmly within the South Asian regional matrix. It also underlined that, even though Modi's priorities will be largely domestic, foreign policy will continue to receive due attention. Modi also immediately set for himself a frenetic pace of international travel for the remainder of 2014, covering countries as diverse as Bhutan, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Nepal, and others in Southeast Asia.
Regional Cooperation, Bilateral Relations
Political Geography
United States, Japan, India, Australia, Southeast Asia